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Join Us In Aspen for the 2016 NORML Legal Seminar

  • by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel April 19, 2016

    Barry Grissom

    We are pleased to announce that Barry Grissom, who until last Friday was the US Attorney for Kansas, will be speaking at the 2016 NORML Aspen Legal Seminar this June in Aspen, CO. The seminar is scheduled for June 2, 3 and 4, 2016.

    We have had many wonderful speakers at our various legal seminars over the years, including many former prosecutors, but I believe this is our first former US Attorney to appear on the program. Barry’s topic, on Friday afternoon, will be The Advantages to Ending Marijuana Prohibition from the Perspective of a US Attorney.

    If you are a practicing attorney and are expecting to attend the Aspen legal seminar this year, please register soon so we know which states we need to apply for CLE approval. This seminar is also open to non-lawyers.

    We have a great program again this year with outstanding speakers, including some new faces, and fascinating topics dealing with cutting edge issues facing criminal defense and marijuana business lawyers today. Whether you are from a state still looking forward to an end to marijuana prohibition, or from one of the states that have begun to experiment with different legalization models, you will leave this seminar with the knowledge that you are current both with the law and the politics of marijuana legalization in America.

    And, of course, we guarantee everyone a lively social calendar as well, including an opening reception at the Gant on Thursday; a benefit dinner at the lovely Aspen home of Chris and Gerry Goldstein (catered by Cache Cache chef Chris Lanter) on Friday, and an afternoon cookout with live music at Owl Farm, the guests of Hunter Thompson’s widow, Anita Thompson, on Saturday.

    Please register early and reserve a reduced rate condo at the Gant, using code NORML16. We look forward to seeing you in Aspen in early June.

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    4 Responses to “Join Us In Aspen for the 2016 NORML Legal Seminar”

    1. Julian says:

      And boy does Kansas need more people in the government who are educated about cannabis and ready to reform state laws. Shona Banda comes to mind; I wonder if she is still treating her Chrone’s disease with cannabis or has had her 11(12?) year old boy returned to her custody for speaking out in a DARE meeting at his school?

      I have a question for cannabis lawyers; Is patenting of cannabinoids (like US 6630507 to GW Pharm) helping or hurting marijuana reform? Or both and more?

      The education curve is astonishing. I just found this interview with executive Texas NORML director Jax Finkle;

      http://youtu.be/iDy8P-sRF3U

      She describes how Governor Abbot, right after signing the “teacup” legislation for epilepsy, said “I will never sign a medical marijuana law.” … Except… that he just did… Doooes he knooow?

      I witnessed what provoked tears in Jax at the recent SouthWest Cannabis Conference and Expo… These seminars (including legal ones) are vital to getting the message out from people like 9 year old Texas exile Alexis Bortelli who uses a 10 to 1 ratio of CBD/THC that would not be legal under the .5% allowed by current state law. She has reduced her seizures from nearly 300 per day down to 1 per month.

      Our representatives feed all their attention onto lobbyist$, and as a result some CBD firm from Dallas salivating over a closed CBD market in Texas convinces Governor Dumb-butt that the whole-plant CBD legislation was somehow not marijuana. The circle of greed and stupidity is complete. By trying to strain out and vilify THC into something less synergetic, less psychoactive yet patently profitable prohibitionists like Abbott and CBD-only firms are miseducating themselves.
      Yet his hubris is subject to a very effective lobbying tactic; revealing the greed and contradiction of these legislators during the next legislative session. Yes, Texas, you DID vote to legalize medical marijuana… Now where’s the compassion in our compassionate use?

    2. Julian says:

      For those who can’t make it to Denver and wish to lobby locally in Texas, Found this link to a Texas legal cannabis seminar;

      http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecboq42wc6c194a3&llr=ge4bchmab&showPage=true

      :-) alright, it’s local!! (Oh crap, May 12th, on poker night? Really :-( )

    3. Julian says:

      Well hell since I’m apparently the only one who is going to visit much less post on this page, here they are for the seminar; my best lawyer jokes;

      What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 100?
      A: Your Honor.
      Q: What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 50
      A: Senator.

      Q: What’s the difference between an accountant and a lawyer?
      A: Accountants know they’re boring.

      Q: What’s the difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer?
      A: A bad lawyer makes your case drag on for years. A good lawyer makes it last even longer.

      Q: What’s the difference between a jellyfish and a lawyer?
      A: One’s a spineless, poisonous blob. The other is a form of sea life.

      Q: What’s the difference between a lawyer and a trampoline?
      A: You take off your shoes before you jump on a trampoline.

      Q: What’s the difference between a lawyer and God?
      A: God doesn’t think he’s a lawyer.
      Q: How can a pregnant woman tell that she’s carrying a future lawyer?
      A: She has an uncontrollable craving for bologna.
      Q: How does an attorney sleep?
      A: First he lies on one side, then he lies on the other.
      Q: How many lawyer jokes are there?
      A: Only three. The rest are true stories.
      Q: How many lawyers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
      A: Three, One to climb the ladder. One to shake it. And one to sue the ladder company.
      Q: What do you call 25 attorneys buried up to their chins in cement?
      A: Not enough cement.
      Q: What do you call 25 skydiving lawyers?
      A: Skeet.
      Q: What do you call a lawyer gone bad.
      A: Senator.
      Q: What do you throw to a drowning lawyer?
      A: His partners.
      Q: What does a lawyer get when you give him Viagra?
      A: Taller
      Q: What’s the difference between a lawyer and a liar?
      A: The pronunciation.
      And finally…(drumroll…)
      Q: What’s the difference between a lawyer and a prostitute?
      A: A prostitute will stop screwing you when you’re dead.

    4. Julian says:

      Ok, just ONE more post…

      Why does the law society prohibit sex between lawyers and their clients?
      A: To prevent clients from being double charged for essentially the same service.
      Q: What can a goose do, a duck can’t, and a lawyer should?
      A: Stick his bill up his ass.
      Q: How can you tell when a lawyer is lying?
      A: Their lips are moving.
      Q: Why did New Jersey get all the toxic waste and California all the lawyers?
      A: New Jersey got to pick first.
      Q: Why don’t lawyers go to the beach?
      A: Cats keep trying to bury them.
      Q: What do you call 5000 dead lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?
      A: A good start!
      Q: What’s the difference between a dead skunk in the road and a dead lawyer in the road?
      A: There are skid marks in front of the skunk.
      Q: Why won’t sharks attack lawyers?
      A: Professional courtesy.
      Q: What do have when a lawyer is buried up to his neck in sand?
      A: Not enough sand.
      Q: How do you get a lawyer out of a tree?
      A: Cut the rope.
      Q: Do you know how to save a drowning lawyer?
      A: Take your foot off his head.

      EXCEPT for NORML lawyers because they’re NORML!!! I love the NORML Legal staff; ya’ll are heroes, no joke. 😉

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